Georgia Embraces Germany’s Apprenticeship Model
Tasnim Shamma, Marketplace
Seventeen-year-old Cole McKeehan wakes up at 3 a.m. on Fridays so he can get to his job at E.G.O. North America. After arriving, he clocks in, heads to his toolbox at his work station, and gets hands-on training from an older employee who serves as his mentor.
The state of Georgia wants more teens like McKeehan to get exposure to manufacturing while they're in high school by expanding the Georgia Consortium for Advanced Technical Training. Students start the three-year program at age 15 and are matched with a nearby technical college and a factory to learn technical skills firsthand.